A Man For All Seasons


Anna Rossiter

April 2001


Known to many from Fred Zinnemann's film starring Paul Schofield, A Man For All Seasons takes us to the Tudor court of Henry 8th. Power, politics, religion, morality and martyrdom.

Robert Bolt’s play based on the historical events leading up to the execution of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, who refused to endorse King Henry VIII's wish to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon, who did not bear him a son, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn, the sister of his former mistress. Man For All Seasons is a play concerned with morality, politics and the common man. It is a play that though written decades ago, holds great wisdom for the individual of today.